#NotMyPresident turns from a refrain of political resistance, a sign of political discontentment, to a deepening of the divide. Instead of serving as a reminder that not all Americans are content with the political situation, it reinforces the false notion that two Americas exist.
“It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things. Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation.”
-Donald Trump on Russian Hacking, Statement December 29, 2016
“Friends need to tell each other the hard truths, and friendships require mutual respect. Israel’s permanent representative to the United Nations, who does not support a two-state solution, said after the vote last week: ‘It was to be expected that Israel’s greatest ally would act in accordance with the values that we share’ and veto this resolution. I am compelled to respond that the United States, did in fact vote ‘in accordance with our values,’ just as previous U.S. administrations have done at the Security Council.”
-John Kerry Speech at the State Department, December 25 2016
“I really hope that’s the beginning of piercing through whatever barriers are stopping them from making the right decision for our humans, our bodies, our planet, our people, our animals, our life, our air, our water, over profits and business as usual.”
Rosario Dawson, actress, on the Standing Rock protests and the 2016 presidential election, Indian Country Today Media Network, August 12, 2016
In the judiciary branch, Trump’s election is less a disaster, more a setback. It’s certainly disappointing for those who hoped to establish a new coalition on the Supreme Court that could safeguard and advance liberal perspectives on constitutional and legal readings, but certain rights and laws upheld by this court are unlikely to be overturned.